California has strong sex crimes laws that are designed to protect victims from the lasting emotional pain and fear associated with experiencing one of these atrocities. Sex offender registration laws are arguably the most important piece, and they require individuals convicted of certain crimes be registered as a sex offender – for life!
Mandatory Registration VS Discretionary Registration
There are two types of registration regarding convicts of sex crimes: Mandatory and discretionary. Mandatory registration is reserved for the most heinous of crimes, and discretionary registration procedures are reserved for situations in which a prosecutor or judge deems a crime, outside of the normal sex crimes scope, to have been committed as a result of sexual compulsion, or for the purposes of sexual gratification. The thoughts behind these laws are that these sexual compulsions will continue to drive the convicted individual to commit similar crimes in the future, and as such, the public needs to be aware of their presence in the neighborhood.
Crimes That Carry Mandatory Sex Offender Registration
- Sexual assault / battery
- Aiding and abetting rape
- Pimping or pandering a minor
- Child procurement
- Aggravated sexual assault of child under 14 years old
- Contributing to the delinquency of a minor with lewd or lascivious conduct
- Lewd or Lascivious Conduct with a Minor
- Oral Copulation
- Showing Obscene Material to Minors
- Contacting a minor with the intent to commit certain felonies
- Arranging a meeting with a minor for lewd purposes
- Continuous sexual abuse of a minor
- Engaging in sodomy with a child 10 years or younger
- Sexual penetration by force or fear
- Child pornography
- Indecent exposure
- Annoying or molesting a child
- Solicitation to commit a sex crime
- Attempt or conspiracy to commit any of the above-mentioned offenses
Crimes That Can Result in a Discretionary Sex Offender Registration
It may sound unbelievable, but a conviction of almost any crime can result in sex offender status for the convicted individual. The only ammunition that a prosecutor or judge needs to invoke the discretionary registration law is proof that your crime was committed as the result of sexual compulsion, or for the purpose of sexual gratification. As you can now understand, this represents quite the grey area, and an individual found in this situation needs to consult an experienced Sacramento Criminal Attorney immediately.
Have You or a Loved One Been Charged with a Sex Crime?
If you have been charged with one of the crimes listed above and are found guilty, you will be required to register as a sex offender. This will follow you for the rest of your life and can make finding a place to work or live far more difficult. Our Sacramento criminal defense attorney will fight to build a convincing case, and will do all they can to ensure the best possible outcome. Call us today for a free consultation!